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By Joannabanana
April 16, 2012

A nice size cloche may be expensive. This is a 15 Litre (4 Gallon) water bottle with the bottom cut off. Recycle and save money!

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 15, 2012 7:05 PM CST
Even though, I really do like hats.... Whistling

(Sorry, just couldn't resist! Hilarious! )
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lovemyhouse
Apr 15, 2012 7:56 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Joannabanana
Apr 15, 2012 9:42 PM CST
Our nights are very cool well into July so these work well for peppers and basil.
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magga
Apr 16, 2012 4:26 AM CST
Thumbs up I have used 2 litre Soda bottles to shield small plants that I have planted in the ground, fastened down with wire hooks made from electrical fencing wire. We have such good drinking water here in Iceland that these large water bottles are rare to find here. This is a good tip that works in colder zones. Green Grin! Smiling Green Grin!
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rocklady
Apr 16, 2012 7:58 AM CST
Great tip, Joanne! Woofie, you're too much Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 16, 2012 12:34 PM CST
Actually, that looks like it would be very useful here, but I wouldn't have a clue where to get those bottles. When we had bottled water delivered, they came and took away the old ones. Don't think I could manage one of those full of water! Do you get them at the grocery store?
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canadanna
Apr 16, 2012 6:04 PM CST
It looks great.
How did you cut the bottom off? You must have some serious tools!
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Apr 29, 2012 12:05 PM CST
Hi sorry for the delayed response. I have been very busy with work.

Cutting off the bottom: Drill a hole big enough to get a utility (shipping) knife in. Carefully cut it off.
Anchoring it down: Drill 3 holes about 1" from the bottom. Slip a tent peg in the hole and hammer into the ground

bellhaven
May 6, 2012 8:21 PM CST
My family runs a bottled water company in Pennsylvania. I recently asked to bring home a dozen "leakers". They are 5 gallon water bottles that are no longer able to be sanitized and redistributed due to age and condition. Each of these bottles costs more than you would expect, and are reused countless times before they are ready to retire. Upon removal from the bottling line they are crushed, bundled and sent to a recycling company that regrinds them and then the plastic is sent out to become a new product.
I decided to take a chance with this unseasonable warm weather and plant out my Tomato and pepper plants. Each plant has it's support stake in the ground, and after cutting the bottom off each bottle, they fit nicely over the stake and down to the soil. I removed the cap from the top, to let hot air escape, and to water if needed. The height of the bottles in contrast to some other suggestions is greater, allowing the plants to remain under cover longer as they get taller. So far, we have had lows in freezing temps, and a daytime high of 85. The transplants are thriving!! This a full month before my frost free date!
I would be willing to bet that if you have a bottled water company in your area, you might be able to pay a nominal amount to get the "leakers" and make your own little green houses. I simply used a box cutter and carefully cut around the lowest rim. Another bonus is that the polycabonate bottles are very durable, the same material used to make certain greenhouse panels. They are easily stored stacked on a tall plant stake pushed into the ground.
So far, this experiment has been a huge success. I hope this post offers some useful information for fellow gardeners.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
May 6, 2012 8:40 PM CST
Great idea. Hurray!
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jul 23, 2014 4:04 PM CST
I bought two 5-gallon polycarbonate jugs and one 3-gallon jug. Target and Wal-Mart. I suspect these are flimsier than the "official" bottled water company jugs.

Do you seal the top closed, or only when you have very cold nights? I would expect them to get very hot at noon with a sealed top, but for all the warm air to run right out an open top during a cold night.

I don't expect to wear mine out, either, but then I added some duct tape to the bottoms. I noticed that the bottoms got scratched when i set them down or dragged them on the concrete around our local public well.

I love the idea of calling local bottled water companies and asking for "leakers".
[Last edited by RickCorey - Jul 23, 2014 4:07 PM (+)]
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Jul 23, 2014 9:37 PM CST
I remove the cap....they do trap the heat

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